PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a 3-year-old girl has died of suspected child abuse and the mother's boyfriend could be facing additional charges. They say the child had been hospitalized on life support since last weekend and was pronounced dead Wednesday. Police say 33-year-old Sidney Michael Launders originally was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. They're recommending to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that Launders should now face a homicide charge.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Police in the city of Mesa near Phoenix say a man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage for allegedly burning the city's $40,000 Christmas tree. The nearly four-story tall tree is the focal point of Mesa's annual Christmas celebration. It was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday that police say was intentionally set. Police say 34-year-old Samuel Antone Johnson was admitted setting the tree on fire with matches. They say he did not disclose his motive.
PHOENIX (AP) - The widow of an unarmed Texas man who was shot and killed by an Arizona police officer says she feels "betrayed" by jurors who acquitted him of murder. Laney Sweet told CBS News on Tuesday that her husband, Daniel Shaver, was executed last year. She noted that jurors saw video of her husband crawling and begging police not to shoot him in a hotel hallway. The former officer has said he thought Shaver was grabbing a gun when he reached for his waistband.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain is at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receiving treatment for the "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy." That's the word from his office. The six-term Arizona lawmaker has missed votes in the Senate this week and did not attend a White House ceremony in which President Donald Trump signed the defense bill into law.
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